DETROIT -- Autoweek, the auto enthusiast sister publication of Automotive News, today named the Volkswagen Golf GTI and GMC Canyon truck as its Best of the Best car and truck for 2015.
The GTI beat a group of finalists that includes the Alfa Romeo 4C, Ford Mustang and Mercedes-Benz C-class; and the GMC Canyon bested the likes of the Chevrolet Colorado, Lincoln MKC and Porsche Macan.
Autoweek evaluates every new or significantly updated model throughout the year and begins to identify the standouts. Performance, economy, fit and finish, design, value, significance to the auto industry and personal taste all combine to define the Best of the Best.
Four cars and four trucks make the grade, and Autoweek editors put them through rigorous road-handling tests at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. This is where a vehicle transcends the numbers and shows if design, performance and pure driving passion meld into an Autoweek Best of the Best pick.
The GTI is in its seventh generation, but the 2015 model has set a new standard for value, practicality and performance. It’s an incredibly fun car to drive -- and Autoweek said it couldn’t keep its editors out of it.
VW’s improved 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine powers the GTI.